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NCW Chairperson Lalpura joins Jain community protesting against conversion of Shri Sammed Shikharji Hill into tourism hub

Country wide protest is taking place among the Jain community against the decision by the Jharkhand state government to convert the iconic Jain pilgrimage site Shri Sammed Shikharji Hill into an eco-tourism hub. The people of the community across India are raising their voices against the decision as they say it’s a place of worship and tourism hub would turn the place into a commercial place. There is also an apprehension that the place will lose its sanctity as many unwanted elements may spoil the place by consuming non-vegetarian food and alcohol.

National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Chairperson, Iqbal Singh Lalpura, on Tuesday visited Shree Digambar Jain Mandir, Karkardooma, East Delhi on December 31, 2022. Two Jain community representatives were fasting in protest against the decision. Lalpura, deputed Joint Secretary, National Commission for Minorities, A Dhanlakshmi to visit the place after hearing their problems.

This decision has hurt the religious sentiments of the Jain community all over India. The visit was in response to numerous requests received by the Jain community to stop the conversion of Shri Sammed Shikharji into a tourism hub. The NCM Chairperson informed that the Commission has already asked the Jharkhand government to consider the demand of Jain community members.

The NCM has taken cognizance of the representations and has decided to hold a hearing on 17.1.2023. The Commission has summoned the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Chief Secretary of Jharkhand.

22-year old Rubika chopped into 12 pieces, killer husband nabbed; read more

Barely, three weeks since the Aftab and Shradha incident had surfaced and still is in the process of reaching a judgement. The investigating agencies have completed their probe and submitted the closure report. The DNA of the jaws, other body parts found in the forests in Mehrauli, south Delhi have matched with her father. A fresh case on the lines of Shradha has come into light. This time it’s Sahibganj in Jharkhand. A 22-year old Santhali woman, Rubika Pahadin, was chopped into 12 pieces by her husband.

The incident came to light after the mutilated body of a woman was recovered from an old house in the Santhali Momin Tola area. Her husband Dildar Ansari has been detained by Police, the deceased was his second wife. As per the latest development, the forensic team has reached the incident site and the police officials will brief the media in the evening.

It may not be out of context here to mention the gruesome killing and chopping of Shrada’s dead body by Aftab, the main accused. Country had been demanding stringent punishment nothing less than hanging till death ever since the news came to light. Anger among people is very high and they want stringent most punishment against Aftab who had planned the killing and chopping of Shradha cold blooded.

Such incidents are growing at a galloping rate and needs stringent most punishment. These people should not be left free in the society as they are predators who are worst than beasts. Unless stringent punishment will be administered then such incidents will not stop and innocent girls, women will continue to fall prey to these predators.

Devotees offer ‘argh’ to setting Sun on Chhath, special arrangements across all ghats

On Chhath people offer special prayers to the Sun God. The main ritual is held on the penultimate day by offering ‘argh’ to setting Sun and on last day of the festival by offering ‘argh’ to rising Sun. Infact, this is why there is a common saying among the people from Bihar that ‘its only in Bihar both rising and setting Sun is worshiped’. The four-day-long festival starts with the ‘Nahai Khai’ ritual and ends with ‘Usha Arghya’ (offering to rising sun). On both the days, devotees will offer prayers have been cleaned, decorated with lights and barricaded for the first day ‘Argha’ to Sun God.

On Sunday today, people from Bihar offered ‘argh’ (offering) to setting Sun in the evening. The four-day Chhath festival will culminate by offering ‘argh’ to rising Sun on Monday tomorrow. Chaath is one of the biggest festivals of India that truly believes in ‘unity in diversity’.

Bihar has been decked up for the rituals and since past many days officials have been taking stock of the Chhath ghats across the state. Not just Bihar alone, but same process is being taking place across all the states as there is a huge population of people from Bihar resides in all the states. In Jharkhand, administration in different districts have deputed additional security forces and NDRF teams in vulnerable water bodies. Drones and CCTV cameras are also being used in major cities including Ranchi, Dhanbad and Jamshedpur to keep an eye on the festive activity.

In Delhi, Chhath ghats at the Yamuna river near ITO, Wazirabad in West Delhi, New Ashok Nagar in East Delhi, Okhla barage. The Chhath festival was first celebrated on a bigger platform in 1984 for the first time. Later, then Chief Minister Shieila Dixit built Chahath ghat at the Yamuna near ITO in 2007. Since many days, special arrangements are underway at the Chhath ghats where devotees offered puja on Sunday. Markets too have been decked up with the puja and food materials that is required by the devotees on the occasion.

Devotees throng all the Chhath ghats to offer the ‘argh’ to the setting Sun. However, main function was held in Bihar where people in large numbers came ot of their homes to offer ‘argh’ and later gathered to enjoy songs and programmes organised on this occasion. The four-day long Chhath festival will come to an end on Monday, the fourth day, when devotees will offer ‘argh;’ to rising Sun.

Dumka MLA Basant Soren sees “prem prasang” in Ankita case, plays politics

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) members are finding it hard to eschew that Ankita died because of incompetent state government that cannot provide an ambulance to the girl as political fraternity was busy travelling to different place in wake of political crisis. There are primary health facilities in the state. Ankita needed an ointment but even for that she had be referred to Ranchi. Jharkhand CM is yet to open his mouth who is busy in securing a safe place for him, his family. The present political crisis is enough to end his career in politics.

Shame on people like Dumka MLA, Basant Soren, brother of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, this man says, “prem prasang ke mamle mein hum aap kya karenge” (what can be done in a matter of love affair). When the media countered Soren, he found his stand may land him in problem.

Arrogant Soren said, “I shall carry a detailed investigation and if I find I am wrong then will apologize but not before that”. This man further said he, “Main Basant Soren hoon, main jhuth nahin bolta” (I am Basant Soren, I told lie). Is he the only holy cow left in this entire world?

It’s clear where from goons like Sharukh (the accused) get the audacity to do such things. Basant Soren, may make tall claims but his attitude and approach towards this incident is enough to explain the outcome.

Shame! Incidents like Ankita still happens while ‘Amrit Dhara’ continue to flow

Ankita was a 16-year-old girl who dared to say no to a filthy goon who proposed to her, bugged her. This led to the death of this young girl. Well, this is the crux of the story. The incident has once again churned  number of questions –

1) What was the local administration doing when Ankita was being harassed?

2) Where does such goons get the courage from! If administration was strong then this would not have happened.

3) In Dumka, state hospital did not have the basic ointment or medicine, hence she was referred to Ranchi. Why? The stock at state hospital not updated? Or vested interests take home?

4) Who will pay for the death which predominantly happened due to non-availability of proper medicines at proper time?

Now, why should girls like Ankita have to die just because she did not want to accept a proposal of a filth? Irony, we talk of women empowerment, safety and security of women but the truth is incidents like Ankita. Nothing allien, it happens, happening 24×7 across remotest regions of India. Some gets reported, while rest stay under oblivion.

Is this what our freedom fighters had dreamt off? We recently observed 75th Independence Day and observed ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’… Indians felt proud to fly national tricolour under the programme ‘har ghar tiranga’ though to me it was mostly a FAD as people have forgotten to take down the flag which is also important. On August 15th from the ramparts of Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Amrit Dhara… I may be blunt, but do we really deserve to observe such Special days when we cannot protect the dignity of our women …

The question now will be raised about ‘upbringing’ and ‘grooming’ of the filth who killed the 16-year-old Ankita but it’s highly time criminals like these should given stringent most punishment, something that would infuse a terror or fear-factor in these goons. The accused should be flogged in open and handed over to the public. This may should awkward but time has come to take such actions as only then innocent girls like Ankita will be able to believe in ‘Amrit Dhara’ flowing in this country…